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Old 06-29-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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Dodge Dakota Steering Gear?

I read a post where someone used,or was gonna use a dodge dakota steering gear-box on their jeep(not sure if it was a wrangler or what) but how hard would it be to get one to bolt up and hook up the power steering lines?

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A 98-99 Dodge Durango 4x4,V8 steering box is a direct bolt in. If you can find a Durango steering box p/n listed for a Durango with the snow plow option, it will give a slight amount of additional turns lock-to-lock which will reduce steering effort and make it feel more like the TJ's steering. The standard Durango box provides a bit quicker steering than the TJ's does. The Durango steering box has a larger piston so it provides slightly more power for bigger tires.

As for getting one...Napa....If I can remember the part # I'll post it later.

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Old 06-30-2010, 07:16 AM   #3
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Note, Durangos and Dakotas use the same part
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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Are the dodge dakota /durango steering gear-boxes better quality and do they last longer than the stock ones that the wranglers have? And also will these fit my '06 tj?
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^^^ all in post 2.

The piston and the size of the box is larger (making is slightly stonger) and better for larger tires. The strongest option is the the one for a durango with the snowplow option. The box is again slightly stronger than the standard durango box and has I good gearing in it making it easier to turn than the TJ box.

Yes...bolts right up.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:00 AM   #6
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I have one in my Jeep. Durango box that is... I love it. First time I drove it I could not believe the difference. When I turn now it feels like there is no load, as if the front end is jacked up! Very smooth and more accurate than the stock box was. I am on 33" tires.
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Did the swap today. Seems more effortless when turning, but also seems like you have to turn the wheel more, like an extra 1/4 turn of the steering wheel, for the same amount of turn. Is that the turn to lock ratio that makes the difference? I think I just have to get used to it. Any other thoughts out there?
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^^^ Yes, the slightly further turning of the wheel is normal.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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Thanks,good to know
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Does anyone know if the dodge box would work in a YJ?
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Does anyone know if the dodge box would work in a YJ?
Work ...yes but only with custom brackets. The mounting locations is not the same on the YJ.

So bolt on like it does the TJ....Nope.

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